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New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development

By Arlene Goldbard
New Village Press, 2006, 269 pp., ISBN-13: 978-0-9766054-5-4

The book New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development written by Arlene Goldbard brings new reflections of this author who has been for many years one of the best known writers and researchers in the field of community cultural development but also an author of visionary and graceful prose. This new book brings some fresh ideas and findings, following a previous study published by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2001 under the title Creative Community: The Art of Cltural Development.

Goldbard summarizes and describes all main aspects of community cultural development from more practical to the conceptual ones, including the policy framework that necessarily has to be put in place in order to create a favorable context for the “new creative community”. Her reflections include practical aspects and the results of field research or interviews with CCD practitioners and theoreticians. She describes the main models and structures including an overview of historical and theoretical underpinnings necessary for understanding the complexity of community cultural development practices. In an elaborate and analytical way, she describes how CCD moves/moved from theory to practice and through many examples she describes the state of the field today. Community cultural development is one of those crucial elements from the broad spectrum of cultural activities and practices which is essential for democratic society, for the promotion of diversity and social cohesion. Particularly interesting is one of the last chapters of this book, that focuses on some of the most evident development needs of the field, in particular to the need for the public support both in terms of policy and financing as well as training and awareness-raising.

Arlene Goldbard is one of those writers who not only writes about culture - she lives culture. She manages both to persuade us about her research but also convince us about the importance of community cultural development, which is why her latest book should be read not only by those interested in community cultural development but moreover by those who still need to learn and understand why is it so important.

Available from New Village Press.

For details, please see: arlenegoldbard.com/books/newcc